Researchers around the globe want to investigate the minute structures of materials and their transient behaviors. The X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) Project is doing its part by accelerating electrons to 99.9999 percent the speed of light in a system that spans a length of more than 600m. The joint project between the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute and RIKEN, another Japanese research organization, measures oscillation and other parameters with a Tektronix RSA6114A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, which provides both speed and memory capacity. The Tektronix analyzer will be used on the 60 klystrons which should begin operating in 2010.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.